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  ODOT partners with local transit to implement local Bus-on-Shoulder program

June 2, 2008, Garfield Heights, OH The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has partnered with local transit agencies, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and Laketran, to implement the Bus-on-Shoulder program along the highly traveled I-90 corridor in eastern Cuyahoga and portions of Lake County.

Members of the media are invited to kick-off the implementation of the program with a special ride-along on:
Friday, May 30 at 2:15 p.m.

A RTA coach will pick-up riders at promptly 2:15 p.m. at the RTA Main Office at 1240 W. 6th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.

The Bus-on-Shoulder program has been implemented successfully in both Columbus and Cincinnati with the goal of fully utilizing the current capacity of the urban highway system and encouraging the use of public transit on high congestion corridors. 

RTA and Laketran buses will utilize the right shoulder of I-90 eastbound between E. 152nd Street and Babbit Road and I-90 westbound between Lloyd Road and Lake Shore Boulevard and E. 55th Street and South Marginal. 

Buses are encouraged to utilize the wide shoulder in these areas during congested periods and may not exceed the speed of traffic by more than 15 miles-per-hour and may not exceed speeds of over 35 miles-per-hour.

Only RTA and Laketran buses and emergency vehicles will be permitted to use the shoulder; buses will yield to emergency vehicles.  Bus operators who drive this corridor are being trained to safely use the shoulders.

“We cannot build our way out of congestion,” said Bonita Teeuwen, ODOT District 12 Deputy Director.  “This program truly utilizes the capacity of our existing system while reducing congestion and increasing safety on our highways.”

"We're really pleased to have a part in this initiative as we believe that it will allow us to continue to provide first class service to our nearly 58 million yearly customers," said Joe Calabrese, RTA CEO & General Manager.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT ODOT, DISTRICT 12 OR GCRTA:
Jocelynn Clemings, ODOT, 216.584.2006 or 216.312.0295 (cell) or
Chad Self, GCRTA, 216.566.5211 or 216.390.9605 (cell).